Zahra Clare Baker

October 12, 2010 by staff 

Zahra Clare Baker, (AP) – Zahra Clare Baker, the young 10 year old girl who police say has not been seen for over a month, lived a family life in trouble, parents say.

A report, referring to speculation that Zahra was a victim of violence during a national television audience “… it was something we knew would happen.”

Zahra was reported missing Saturday by his parents in Hickory, but police say they have trouble finding someone outside the home that saw the girl for at least a month.

Brittany Bentley, who is married to a nephew of the stepmother of the missing girl, Elisa Baker, appeared Tuesday morning on the “Early Show” CBS said Zahra and showed signs of being unhappy at home. The police Hickory named Elisa Baker a “person of interest” in the case.

Speaking to CBS on Tuesday, Bentley said, “I just think it was something we knew long ago that would happen -. Everyone who was close to the family”

Bentley, 21, said she sometimes Zahra in his house for a weekend, and that the girl, a cancer survivor who has an artificial leg and requires the use of hearing aids should be upset when it was time to go home.

Bentley said Zahra said she was locked in his room most of the time and was authorized “five minutes a day to eat, and that was all.”

“She was beaten almost every time I was there only for the smallest things,” said Bentley. “Elisa was angry, she blame Zahra, things the child does not deserve. She just had a horrible family life. ”

Bentley also said she saw some bruises on his face Zahra. When asked what had happened, Zahra seemed frightened, “said Bentley.

“She was afraid of death,” she said. “She did not mean anything.”

Bentley also said she and her family had not seen Zahra in two months.

On Monday morning, the father of Zahra, Adam Baker, appeared on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” and said it was possible his wife could have been involved in the disappearance of the girl.

Police said they found inconsistencies in the stories and Elisa Baker said she was uncooperative.

Meanwhile, police were trying to determine exactly when Zahra Baker really disappears.

His parents phoned in a missing persons report on 2:30 pm Saturday, but several neighbors told the Observer on Monday they have never seen Zahra home of his parents rented and were surprised to learn a young girl lived. The Bakers moved into the house six weeks ago, apparently from Caldwell County.

“I’ve never seen a sign of their daughter,” said neighbor Charles Bost side. He said he regularly discussed with Adam Baker over the fence separating their yards, but Baker said he never mentioned having a daughter.

“I was in the backyard a bit, and I’ve never seen this little girl,” said Bost.

Meanwhile, a search warrant revealed that police dogs detected the smell of human blood on the car belonging to Adam and Elisa Baker.

Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said investigators were trying to determine a timetable – the last time Zahra had been seen by someone outside the household, when, or if she had been seen at home in Hickory, and when she disappeared.

There were other strange twists in this case.

The authorities have called the house Bakery on 21st Avenue NW, at about 5 am Saturday in response to a fire in the yard of mulch and a report that gasoline was poured into an SUV.

The search warrant said police found a ransom note on the SUV, addressed to “Mr Coffey,” who was identified as a boss Adam Baker, Mark Coffey. Note most of the time without punctuation as follows: “Mr. Coffey, you love being in control which is now in control, we have your daughter and your son is the next … unless you do what is requested 1000000 ($ 1 million) will be unmarked in touch soon. ”

The words “no cops” were also written on the note.

Police checked on Coffey and said his family was fine.

Late Tuesday morning, police said Elisa Hickory Baker admitted during questioning on Monday night that she had written the ransom note. She immediately asked a lawyer and has stopped responding to further questions, police said.

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